Sorry for the lack of activity. As we reach the end of the summer, I just wanted to add a short video to let you know I am still out there thriving and surviving 🥰
Hello, I know it’s been a minute. Here is a new preview video for Spring 2022. New Hive and New Garden 🪴 preview. Happy Earth 🌍 Day!
Here is an interesting article that I found on bringing in your herbs are we transition to fall.
Happy Planting! Michelle
On a less bee-related topic, it is the second year that my grapevine produced. I am now trying to think of what to do with my bounty.
The next step will be creating a jam/jelly if I don’t eat them all. This year’s garden has been tough on cucumbers. I found one today…
I will add an update on what these grapes turn into if I don’t eat them all.
Bee Safe! Michelle
My handy bee helper husband devised a new hive stand for my newest client.
This stand is alternative to two the wood cinder block creation that have been using.
Thank goodness that my Father’s Day gifts have come in handy. If you want the directions on how he put it together contact me!
I had the opportunity to see visit my nucs for the new season. I am starting late but, it was great to see all of these healthy bees in Howard County.
I will be checking in again soon!
BeeMore was chosen for the 1st Make a Mark in Baltimore at City Garage. As part of this process, the team of three designers developed a new logo and style guide for BeeMore. Below is the new logo.
I wanted to express my gratitude to Julie Kostic, Michelle Martir and Sean Heavey for the great work! They did all of this work in one day.
I really love my new logo and you will see more on the site.
Today, I started the honey extraction process. There are a few tools and items you want to have on hand when you are doing this process:
- 8×10 Tarp (Camping Grade)
- 5 Gallon Bucket (food grade w/ cover)
- A Capping Knife or Tool
- A few pairs of Disposable Gloves
- A Honey Strainer or Mesh Bag
- A Spatula
- Newspaper, Plastic containers and other things to mitigate the mess.
Here is a link to a video that explains the steps I took to do this first extraction. I only did a few frames so, I will post additional updates on the process to share the efficiencies that I have found.
Just in case you missed it! Check out the Extraction Video
Part of the winter beekeeping work is rehabbing equipment for the next season. I wanted to share the details for those who may inherit or have to reuse their previous year’s equipment.
The purchasing of pre-owned equipment is often tricky because beekeepers are wary of stuff that they do not have knowledge of because it may have been infected by American Foulbrood or other diseases that may have caused the colony to collapse.
My thought in documenting this process was to better inform potential beekeepers of some of the steps of maintenance in the offseason. Thus, the preparing boxes for reuse is a key task because if you have bees that die of other causes you can still reuse the equipment if you take right precautions and these steps also help you to preserve your equipment investment.
These are boxes that I purchased earlier this fall from a fellow beekeeper that had some damage due to wax moth damage. In order to reuse these boxes, I had to scrape and clean them outside. Lucky, I did this work before the super cold snap (in Nov/Dec 2017), and I used some straightforward tools that I got from the $1 store (note: small and large paint scrapers). I also used the hose at high pressure to blast of the last cocoons. Once the boxes were dry, I brought them indoors and with the help of Katie S, we started the next phase.
It is recommended to burn the leftover wax and inside corners of the boxes, thus removing all of the yucky remnants. For safety, we had a fire extinguisher on hand and since I am walking accident, I left the blowtorch work to Katie. She also used a small tool to clean out the top crevices of the boxes as well.
Finally, painting the outside of the boxes with two coats of outdoor high gloss paint gave the boxes a new life. The boxes will be airing out for the winter so that there is plenty of time for any fumes to dissipate. The painted boxes will weather longer and hold up to the elements much better than untreated wood.
Note: That it is less expensive to buy unpainted equipment and do it yourself if you are purchasing a large number of boxes. There are often deals on bulk boxes and new bee equipment but, if you are buying a single hive, the price difference is slight. I suggest that you go ahead and pay the extra $5-7 for painted boxes, it is worth the money and time.
In future posts, I will share the artistic transformation of these boxes. I will also share the assembly process of the many new boxes that I purchased this summer.
It seems timely to start on candy making for the bees since it is December and when I went out this morning the ground was frozen. I found a no-cook recipe on the internet that seems pretty easy. I decided against a true fondant because I am not a skilled candy maker.
Here’s what you will need:
- A 5-pound bag of sugar
- A measuring cup – 1 cup filled with water
- A large mixing bowl
- A mixing spoon or spatula
- A medium size aluminum pan
- Optional – Essential Oils ( I added a few drops of lemongrass, Thyne, and Peppermint oils )
- Add entire bag into to large mixing bowl
- Measure and then pour 1 cup of water into bowl
- Stir and combine water and sugar (1-2 minutes)
- Optional: Add 10-15 drops (5 drops each into the mix) as you stir
I attempted to record some video of this process for your enjoyment. I am just adding this element to the blog and in the future, I refine these into more finished products.
If you have questions, contact me. I will post another blog piece on placing of these bars into the hive.